Women’s Connect Devotion – November
We hope you enjoy this devotion below as Taylor Demmon encourages us to lift our eyes to Jesus and listen to His Words that He speaks over us! May you all be blessed during this season of Thanksgiving. May our hearts overflow with gratitude remembering WHO we are and WHOSE we are, beloved daughters of the Most High King!
For the last few days I have been making my bed and making sure to push the robot vacuum button and cleaning the kitchen after every meal. I stayed caught up on laundry and for all of three days we had clean towels….can you even believe how awesome I am?? It sounds so ridiculous as I type this out but in my prideful mind I was proud of this. I even thought I felt better about life. And then it happened, of course it happened. The corn by our house had been freshly cut and the weather dropped to just the right temperature. I was just about to claim the bathroom before the kids so that I would have hot water when I heard the little scratch, scratch, scratch coming from the laundry room. Yep, the first mouse of the season. More often than I would like to admit, when something like this happens, I turn completely insane. I want to sell my house and think that my clean house is ruined and germ infested. This time, I thought those same things, at first, and then for some reason, that had to be The Holy Spirit, because it certainly wasn’t Taylor, I thought “what does God want to teach me in this?”
When the question first came to my mind I felt shame and really stupid. How many people are dealing with real issues? How many people would think if only all I had to deal with was a mouse in my house? As I prayed through this and started talking to God, He had the same questions, but not in the tone and guilt driven language that I had put on Him.
What I heard Him say was, “Taylor, you are my child and I love you so much! As much as I love you, I love all of my children that much. I care about what you care about and want joy for you, as I do for all of my children. I have a lot for you and much that needs to be done in my Kingdom and because you are my child, you have the power to do things that go well beyond cleaning and being scared of mice. My Holy Spirit in you has the power to cast out evil! My Holy Spirit in you has the power to bring joy and peace and righteousness.”
God really has a way of putting things into perspective doesn’t He? You would think I would get it by now, but I am always amazed. It sounds silly but one mouse, who God also created, reminded me of the power of Acts 1:8. It says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem and in all of Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the Earth.”
The day after all of this happened, we caught a second mouse. God and I had a shorter conversation, but the point was the same. His word is living and active and He is beyond patient. As quickly as I forget He reminds me that “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” –1John 3:1a Will you pray with me that we remember who we belong to and what we are here on earth to do?